Tradition and innovation
Quality vintage tanzanite & diamond ring in gold, around 2000
This ring, made of high-carat gold, diamonds and two wonderful tanzanites, is handcrafted, quality-finished and forged from high-quality materials. The idea of the design is simple: a band seems to wrap around the finger in a triple run. Diamonds set the warmly gleaming gold. The two tanzanites, cut into drops and faceted, form the beginning and end of the band. The ring was created more recently, probably in the years around the turn of the millennium. But the clear and straightforward design language should not obscure the fact that this ring is also closely connected with the history of jewellery! Its shape stems from the long tradition of snake-shaped jewellery that has been known since antiquity. Since the ancient Egyptians, rings and bracelets have been made from the bodies of writhing snakes. Sometimes it is one animal that forms a ring, sometimes two snakes, which seem to be intertwined to make up the piece of jewelry. There are double-headed snakes as well as those that seem to bite their own tail. The motif with the two tanzanites alludes to this: Gemstones often form the heads of creeping animals that have become jewellery, and this is probably how the ring here is to be understood. It is a gift of friendship or love: for just as the snake wraps itself seemingly inextricably around the finger of its wearer, so should the friendship or love of the giver be firm. The doubling of the snake thus augurs an intense friendship between two partners. What meaning you see in the snake is up to you: This ring is a beautiful combination of tradition and modernity. On the motif of the snake in the history of jewellery, see in detail the exhibition catalogue Fritz Falk (ed.): Serpentina. Die Schlange im Schmuck der Welt, Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, 26.11.2011-26.2.2012, Stuttgart 2011.
When gemologists found the first gemstones in the steppe sands of Tanzania in 1967, the company Tiffany & Co. secured the rights to this precious mineral, which actually occurs on the earth's surface one thousand times rarer than the diamond. Tiffany's was then also the name giver of the bluish violet gemstone, which is named after the country of the Massai and is also firmly attached to their culture. Even today, Maasai chiefs present the mothers of their tribe with tanzanites on the birth of a child - a blessing for a healthy, fulfilled and successful life.
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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.